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KDA Poster and Essay Contest accepting entries from Kentucky students until March 1

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky students to enter the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) annual Poster and Essay Contest. The theme of the 2021 contest is “Kentucky Agriculture Never Stops.” “The annual KDA Poster and Essay contest is a nod to how our farm families never stopped working during the coronavirus pandemic,” Quarles said. “With so many Kentucky...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises by 3.1 percent in August; state jobless rate now at 7.6 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary August 2020 unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary August 2020 jobless rate was up 3.1 percentage points from July 2020 and up 3.3 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The U.S....

General Fund receipts increase 5.9 percent in August compared to last year; up 6.5 percent in FY21

State Budget Director John Hicks reported Thursday that General Fund receipts increased 5.9 percent in August compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $833.8 million, compared to $787.2 million during August 2019. August receipts have reflected the smallest share of yearly amounts over the last five years. So far this fiscal year (FY21), General Fund receipts have increased 6.5 percent. Road...

Kentucky has largest price drop at gas pumps in nation during past week; average cost now $1.99

Kentucky gas prices have dropped 4 cents in the past week, the biggest drop seen of any state. Most areas saw gas prices decrease minimally over the past week, with the majority seeing a one or two cent decline, or no change at all. Though not big drops, the volatility was enough to drive the national average down a penny over the past week, now landing at $2.17. Today’s national average is two cents...

Free pasture-finished beef production workshop offered online by UK, Virginia Tech and WVU

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Beef producers and consumers have a growing interest in forage-finished beef. The University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University are offering a free pasture-finished beef production online workshop Aug. 11-13 from 7-9 p.m. “Getting adequate growth to reach a ‘finished’ state and addressing market issues can be challenging for producers...

Capilouto announces strategic goal for UK: ‘We plan to open in August’ for start of fall semester

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto sent an email message to the UK community on Friday addressing efforts to “reinvent normal” for the fall semester. The email message follows: It’s a question that confronts us every day: How do we return to the vibrant and safe campus we are committed to when so much around us still seems so uncertain and there is still so much we don’t...

Unemployment rates rise in 75 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford owns lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates rose in 75 Kentucky counties between August 2018 and August 2019, fell in 36 and stayed the same in nine counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Boone and Oldham counties, 3.3 percent...

Constance Alexander: August’s ‘dog days’ revive memories of summers without air conditioning

In the days before air conditioning, every family had its strategies for coping with the heat. In my house, winter’s heavy damask drapes were replaced with fluttery sheers, and blinds were slanted at half-mast to keep the sun from beating in.  Sisal rugs that tickled the bottoms of bare feet were substituted for the orientals that were whisked away to cold storage by the time school was out. Upstairs,...

NKU graduate students create self-guided walking tours to bring local history to life

By Feoshia H. Davis KyForward correspondent   Kentucky is a state full of varied history, culture and geography. From the eastern Appalachian Mountains, north to the Ohio River, West to the Land Between the Lakes, and South to the heart of the Daniele Boone National Forest, each place has its own story.   With 120, mostly rural counties, Kentucky has many unique, historical tales to tell...